Thank you, everyone, for posting. I came across another story. A priest, who had done something terrible in his past, spent all his days trying to make up for this terrible deed. Every morning he would wake up and feel remorse and regret. If he woke in the night he would think about it and it would stop him from sleeping well. He worked hard to overcome his sin. He prayed long hours, did more work around the parish than he needed to, and helped as many people outside the church as could. Still, he felt miserable and hated himself. He heard about a woman in the parish who could speak with God in her dreams. He was dubious about that, but he decided to seek her out and ask her a favor. Upon finding the woman he said "I hear you speak with God. Would you ask him about the terrible thing I did in my past and what I should do to compensate for it?" She said she would try. Three weeks later he saw her in the congregation and went up to her and asked "did you speak with God about my terrible transgression?" She said "yes, as a matter of fact I did!" The priest said "what did He say?" She said "He said He doesn't remember." This really resonated with me. The title of the story was: "Even God Forgets." We burden ourselves with all kinds of imaginings about how bad we are, how guilty, how weak, thinking that the actions of our past dictate our future. They don't! We are allowed to let our beautiful light shine and the regret of the past fade away. It's a great day to start our lives and let the grief of our past fade away.